Clogging and obstruction are some of the most common problems that people have with their drains. It makes sense, therefore, that there are numerous ways people try to solve this problem. Unfortunately, some of these drain cleaning methods don't work; some may even cause damage. Here are some drain-cleaning methods that appear to make sense but may actually be dangerous.
Fashioning Snakes Out Of Household Objects
A drain snake or auger works by breaking down clogs within drain channels so that they can be flushed away. However, this doesn't mean that you should push down any object down the drain with the hope of breaking down the offending clog. For example, some people attempt to use everyday objects such as coat hangers, electrical wires, broom handles, or even knives to clear their blocked drains.
At best, the object will just succeed in pushing the clogging debris further into the drain. At worst, using the makeshift drain snake can easily tear up the interior surface of your drainage channels. In fact, you can even break up your drain pipes depending on its material.
Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
The use of chemical drain cleaners is also another tempting method of clearing drain clogs. In fact, many households have chemical drain cleaners that they run to at the first sign of drain trouble, and the cleaners do seem to work sometimes. However, there are several concrete reasons you shouldn't rely on chemical drain cleaners:
- They don't dissolve solid clogs, such as toys accidentally flushed down the toilet
- They can corrode your drain pipes and cause premature wear and leakage
- They are bad for the environment and interfere with the operations of bio-digesters
- Accidental spillage can cause you serious injury
Using a Garden House
Hydro-jetting is a drain cleaning technique where a trained plumbing professional uses high water pressure to break up and clear drain clogs. A hydro-jetting system comes with a pressure control mechanism that ensures the water is delivered at exactly the right pressure.
Unfortunately, some people think they can improvise and use a regular garden water hose instead of a professional hydro-jetting system. Unfortunately, you can't control the water pressure in your regular garden hose. Depending on your luck, you may end up with water or gunk on your person, or you may damage your plumbing drains.
Drain cleaning is not something you should improvise for; consult your local professional plumbing services if your drains are giving you problems.